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Academic WorldQuest

2013-2014 Topics

This year's categories focus on the Six Top National Security Issues for the President in 2014, voted on and chosen by the leaders of World Affairs Councils across the country. These six issues are: Cybersecurity, U.S. Energy Policy, Global Economic Realignment, the Middle East, Global Environmental Issues, U.S. Education. We are also including the UN Millennium Goal 1, Geography, Global Health, and Current Events.

  • Cybersecurity
  • U.S. Energy Policy
  • Global Economic Realignment
  • Middle East
  • Global Environmental Issues
  • U.S. Education
  • UN Millennium Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty & Hunger
  • Global Health
  • Geography
  • Current Events
Common Core Standards
Academic WorldQuest contributes to the national Common Core State Standards Initiative by fostering reading comprehension skills for informational text.

National Competition

The 2014 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will take place Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

We are thrilled to announce the following prizes for the first and second place teams:

National Competition Prizes

First Place
Online subscription (12 months) to
Rosetta Stone Language Learning
Four students can each choose from over 30 languages 

Second Place
Online subscription (six months) to
Rosetta Stone Language Learning
Four students can each choose from over 30 languages 

Schedule of Events:
 Friday, April 25, 2014
   1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Registration
   4:30 pm: Buses depart Georgetown University Hotel for Reception
   5:00pm -7:00pm: Opening Reception, Embassy of Singapore 
 Saturday, April 26, 2014
   8:30am-1:00pm: Competition (lunch included)
Local Competitions
          Winning Team: Stanton College Preparatory School
November 6, 2013 - World Affairs Council of Charlotte
          Winning Team: Myers Park High School
          Winning Team: Kirkwood High School
          Winning Team: East Aurora High School
          Winning Team: Princess Anne High School
          Winning Team: Peoria Area Scholastic Team
          Winning Team: Kealakehe High School
          Winning Team: Desert Christian Academy 
          Winning Team: Princeton High School 
          Winning Team: Wilbraham & Monson Academy
          Winning Team: Bronxville High School 
          Winning Team: DuPont Manual High School
February 1, 2014 - Alaska World Affairs Council
          Winning Team: Team Fairbanks: West Valley High School
February 1, 2014 - World Affairs Forum
          Winning Team: Bronxville High School
          Winning Team: Charter School of Wilmington
          Winning Team: St. Paul Academy and Summit School
          Winninng Team: Shady Side Academy
          Winning Team: Dayton Regional STEM School 
          Winning Team: McQueen High School 
          Winning Team: Advanced Technologies Academy
          Winning Team: Irvine High School
          Winning Team: Keystone School
          Winning Team: Standley Lake High School
          Winning Team: Warren Central High School
February 22, 2014 - International Relations Council
          Winning Team: Rockhurst High School 
          Winning Team: Colorado Springs School
February 25, 2014 - Montana World Affairs Council
          Winning Team: Hellgate High School 
February 26, 2014 - World Affairs Council of Maine
          Winning Team: Lake Region High School
          Winning Team: Plano West Senior High School
February 27, 2014 - International Affairs Forum
          Winning Team: Vandegrift High School
          Winning Team: Poughkeepsie Day School
          Winning Team: Asheville High School 
          Winning Team: John Foster Dulles High School
          Winning Team: Oley Valley High School
          Winning Team: Gulf Coast High School 
          Winning Team: Beaufort High School
          Winning Team: Harrisburg Academy
          Winning Team: Bridgewater-Raritan High School
          Winning Team: Douglas S Freeman High School
April 5, 2014 - WorldBoston
Council Information
Pledge a Team Now
To confirm your council's participation in Academic WorldQuest, please fill out and submit this Pledge Form.
Outreach Materials
Please use the below flyers to promote the program to teachers, students, and sponsors.

Local Competition Questions
A full set of questions will be available to local councils by mid-October. Indicate your interest in these questions by submitting your Pledge Form.


Speaker Series

National Conference

Student/Teacher Education Programs

1918 Society

Leadership Missions

Log-in for WACA Leadership and Staff: Access the Discussion Board, Resource Materials, Available Authors, Event Calendar Administration, and post your recommended speakers.

Barclays Capital

1918 Society Members 

Carnegie Corporation of New York


The Claremont Group



The Gambrinus Company

Goldman Sachs


Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip



Steelcase, Inc.

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

Weber Shandwick

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs - U.S. Department of State